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The Story Of Gabriella's Hope Foundation
Gabriella’s Hope came about when restauranteur Sal and wife Tina daughter “Gabriella “Bella” was diagnosed with trisomy 8 mosaicism 8 weeks after she was born in 2015. She was one of 5 in the state of North Carolina that Duke’s Children’s Hospital had ever seen. What they didn’t realize is that the many medical problems that their daughter would go through had a profound affect on their son Giovanni “Gio” and Gabriella “Bella”. Both kids became inseparable with “Gio” doing what a big brother does best helping his sister though her many struggles.
Both kids have very big loving hearts & only want to help other sick kids as they go through many of the struggles that have affected this pair. One day both kids came to their parents and said “mom, dad we want to give all of our money we’ve saved up to sick kids.” “We want to make sure they have toys or clothing they need while they are in the hospital.”
This was a point of no turning back how could we as parents say no? So after some brainstorming father Sal came up with a novel idea, why not start selling the family’s restaurant homemade marinara sauce as a way to help fund the Dukes Children’s Hospital since that would be “Bella’s” main hospital for treatment.
After all the restaurant has been in business for 45 years started by his father Jerry in 1977. The restaurant’s long history of community involvement could now help raise money for research to help other kids out. “Gabriella’s Hope” would now give his kids a sense of purpose a sense of responsibility that Jerry instilled in his own children. “Gabriella’s Hope” would be a way that Sal could teach his kids to give back to the community that has supported the family’s restaurant “Sal’s Italian Restaurant” for 45 years.